The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (or RWDSU) has appealed Amazon to the National Labor Relations Board, stating that the company is again suspending its elections in Bessemer, Alabama (via CNBC).
In a press release, the union alleges that the company “threatened to shut down an employee if the union was elected,” prevented employees from posting pro-union literature, and “participated in surveillance and/or gave the impression that it was monitoring employees.” were involved in protected collusion activities”, among others. The union is asking the NLRB to hold a hearing on their objections to determine whether to overturn the results of the second Bessemer election and hold a new election.
The complaint, which you can read in full below, concerns Amazon’s behavior during the union elections that ended last month. The final The outcome of this election is currently unknown – While the votes were tallied 993 to 875 against unionization, there were over 400 contested ballots. Therefore, the outcome depends on a hearing that has not yet been scheduled.
The election, which is now being contested, was held as a re-run after the RWDSU lost a previous election last year by nearly two to one. The NLRB found that Amazon had interfered in the first election in Bessemer, and ordered a new one.
In a statement, RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum said, “We urge the NLRB to carefully consider our objections and ensure that no company, even with the bottomless pockets of Amazon, can be allowed to stand above the law.”
Amazon did not respond immediately The edge‘s request for comment.
Amazon has faced similar allegations outside of Bessemer. In January, the NLRB filed a complaint against Amazon, and said it threatened, monitored and intimidated workers during the Staten Island union campaign and prevented organizers from distributing literature. The agency is too sue the company for the firing of Gerald Bryson, an Amazon Labor Union organizer, and is try to finish the practice of captive audience meetings.
That means the results of both Amazon union elections are currently being contested – on Thursday, Amazon said it wanted to disagree to the Amazon Labor Union victory in New York. The result of this election was far more decisive; Workers at Amazon warehouse JFK8 voted 2,654 to 2,131 to organize.
https://www.theverge.com/2022/4/7/23015822/union-objections-amazon-bessemer-alabama-election-redo Union objects to Amazon’s actions in the Bessemer, AL election